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Why do some athletes jump higher than others? Or run faster? How do catastrophic injuries take place and why? What are the best ways to prevent injuries? Recover from them? What traits do great high school coaches share? What are some best-practice methods of motivation?
Whether you're interested in the physiological aspects of physical activity, the psychological or business angles of sport or both, we have the major for you.
“At Lakeland University, this degree is unique,” says April Arvan, associate professor of exercise science. “With this degree in hand, you have the option to choose either the science field or the sport and athletic field. You can also couple this degree with others, such as business, for example, to really set yourself up for success.”
If you plan to enter fields such as rehabilitation, physical therapy, fitness club management or personal training, the exercise science is ideal.
If your goal is to coach sports in high school or college, the sport management and leadership major is the perfect fit. More information available here.
Either way, your exercise science major – with its broad curriculum – will give you a competitive edge as you pursue careers in movement-based fields.
“Really, the options are limitless depending on what a student's interest is at the sport level,” says Arvan.
Name: Jake Frias
Hometown: Oak Lawn, Ill.
Title: Personal trainer; head high school wrestling coach
Business: Sports Core, Kohler, Wis.; Cedarburg High School
Driven is what defines Jake, who earned his bachelor’s degree in 2010 and his master’s in counseling three years later.
Lakeland, Jake says, is a serious school. But the culture of the school also includes something else, a valuable characteristic that helped Jake thrive.
“Lakeland, in a nutshell, is about ‘compassionate business,’" Jake says. “They expect you to get the job done, but they also care about you. If you fall down, everyone at Lakeland will pick you back up and help you get back to work.”
Jake credits his advisor with challenging him to excel, network and set his goals high when it came to internships. Jake also credits his on-campus fraternity, Mu Lambda Sigma, with providing a strong support system.
“Everyone at Lakeland showed me how to become a caring, compassionate, hard-working individual,” Jake says. “Everyone cleared a path for me to travel down. The small class sizes kept you accountable. If you weren’t in class, you’d hear about it. I really think I’d have been lost at a bigger school.”
Jake, an NCAA Division III Academic All-American wrestler his senior year, now teaches the sport at Cedarburg High School – in addition to working as one of the lead personal trainers at the highly regarded Sports Core fitness facility in Kohler, Wis.
Last season, while coaching wrestling at Sheboygan North, one of his wrestlers won a state championship – the first for the school in two decades.
Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland University exercise science students from recent graduating classes have landed:
Listed below are some of the Internships that Lakeland University students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:
Twenty-two (22) semester hours from the following of which no more than four (4) semester hours may be Biology (BIO) courses:
Notes:* Courses suggested for students wishing to pursue graduate and professional school or additional health science education. ** Courses suggested for students wishing to pursue training-related professions in exercise science.
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